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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Ana Monteiro.]

The government has released a draft Expropriation Bill that outlines the circumstances under which the state can take land without paying for it for public comment.

It may be just and equitable for no compensation to be paid where land is expropriated in the public interest, the draft legislation, released on Friday, notes.

The draft bill says land can be taken without pay if it’s occupied or used by a labour tenant; if it’s held for purely speculative purposes; belongs to a state-owned enterprise; and where the owner has abandoned it, among other circumstances.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.4% y/y in April 2019 (CPI) & +6.5 y/y in April 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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